As an Associate Professor of Piano at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, Dr. Frank Huang is a devoted teacher who is committed in passing his knowledge and musicianship to his students. His pedagogy consists of exploration/discussion, problem solving, critical analysis, and applying concepts—all of which to achieve his ultimate goal for students: helping them to realize and develop their own creative potential. Below are testimonials and comments about his instruction.
I am convinced that Professor Huang will be known someday as an important teacher, a 'destination' teacher who will attract students to the institution merely by his reputation.
Former Dean and Artistic Director of Brevard Music Center
Professor of Music, Miami University
"Dr. Huang has really pushed me to become not only a better pianist, but a better musician in general. He has a way of thinking about playing the instrument that is unique to any other teacher I have had; he breaks every piece down to its tiniest parts, making one truly think about how to approach a phrase or piece, and teaches his students to learn about piano in every way possible - whether through practice, reading, discussion, or other means. It is certainly a challenging course, but the most rewarding one I have taken."
"Dr. Huang is an excellent instructor: encouraging critical thinking and questioning, and trying new things to see if they work musically. He is really good at explaining or clarifying things with metaphors and even better at creating a welcoming and non-threatening learning environment."
"Dr. Huang has made piano even more fun and interesting than it was before and he is easily one of my favorite professors. He really cares about his students and it makes for a great environment for learning and growth."
"I feel like I have only scratched the surface of piano performance, but in a way that seems like the hardest single step that begins a long, endless journey to excellence that all arts fields are. Dr. Huang is incredibly kind and nonjudgmental in lessons where I was not prepared, which helped me feel motivated to try harder for the next week and not give up, or simply be terrified of my lesson each week. He is a genius with piano and integrates music history and teaches with metaphors in every lesson. I've learned so much in just three months."
Dr. Huang is a truly exceptional teacher. He is always concerned for his students' well being and success, and does everything possible in order to improve both of those things. I have learned more about how to approach the piano from Dr. Huang in one year than I have in the rest of my training combined.
I have worked with several professors as chamber music coaches, and Dr. Huang is undoubtedly the best one I have worked with because he encourages students to delve into the musical aspects of the piece while still addressing technical elements. Working with him really builds a chamber group's collective character and encourages a very high level of performance.
"Dr. Huang is an incredible teacher. His passion for piano just makes his teaching that more effective. He really makes sure to dig into details and push his students further than they could imagine. It is clear how much knowledge he has and he is constantly challenging me to think."
"You can tell Dr. Huang loves his job. He is an incredible teacher and always finds a way to make sure you understand how to play the music you're working on. It's amazing how many different ways he can get you to think about the music and how many ways he figures out to teach it."
"I believe Dr. Huang to be an ideal piano professor. He lets me express my music in my own way while offering ideas and concepts that I would otherwise not have thought of on my own. I'm very grateful to have had him as a piano professor."